Posts tagged as Impersonations

Learn How to Do a Perfect Johnny Carson Impersonation with Dana Carvey

SNL alum Dana Carvey was recently a guest on Tom Green Live, and he took a few minutes to walk Green through how he does his flawless Johnny Carson impersonation. Click through to watch Carvey run through some of his other best known celebrity impersonations, including Jimmy Stewart, Regis Philbin, and both of the President Bush guys.

Andy Richter Explains Why His Newt Gingrich Is So Convincing

"We have the same doughy, old-baby face. It's like an elderly baby. That's where the genius of my impersonation begins and ends." – That's Andy Richter on the brilliance of his Newt Gingrich impression. Well, it sounds like it's better than his Emily Dickinson impression, anyway.

Wyatt Cenac Has A Terrible Bill Cosby In His Back Pocket

While visiting NPR yesterday to discuss his new comedy album Comedy Person, Wyatt Cenac brushed off rumors that he was singled out as a possible SNL pick to play Barack Obama. "There was a time when they were looking," Cenac says, before revealing, "That's the thing, my Obama impression is terrible. Every impression I do is just a terrible variation on an awful Bill Cosby impression I do." For example, Cenac explains, "You're doing an Australian accent, but it's just Australian Bill Cosby. That's British Bill Cosby. That's Pirate Bill Cosby." Wyatt Cenac then does his Bill Cosby impersonation, which, yeah, sounds exactly like your Bill Cosby impersonation. [...]

Listen to an Ice-T Impersonator Prank Call Paul F. Tompkins

If there's only one thing Paul F. Tompkins will be remembered for, surely it's his spot-on Ice-T impression. Recently, a performer named Rocwell prank called Tompkins posing as Ice-T, and the real Ice-T played a recording of the call on his new podcast Final Level. It's a hilarious and adorable listen, and Tompkins even gives the impostor some killer podcasting advice. Click through to hear the clip.

Elisha Cuthbert Shows Conan More of Her Happy Endings Impressions

I think everyone who saw Elisha Cuthbert's Renee Zellweger impression on Happy Endings the other week wanted to see far, far more of it. And now we can, and it is good. She also busts out a SOLID Ellen Degeneres dancing. Let's go ahead and ask that any and all people working on Happy Endings and Ellen table their other projects and devote themselves entirely to the goal of getting Ellen to guest star on the sitcom and have an Ellen's-dance-moves dance-off with Alex, yeah?

Steve Coogan on Playing Steve Coogan, Impersonating Every Other Actor In the U.K.

As discussed in his new Slate interview, Steve Coogan has on multiple occasions, most recently in The Trip, played "Steve Coogan," an arrogant prig who the comedian reassures America is merely an exaggeration of his natural persona. "I come up as slightly too precious and pretentious, and though there's some truth to that, I'm not as po-faced and neurotic and anxious as I come across in the film," Coogan explains. "I'm a bit more laid back and don't take myself quite so seriously. So I exaggerated that." Personally, I prefer to imagine Coogan as having more in common with his roller-skating drama teacher in Hamlet 2, particularly [...]

A Video Guide to Jim Carrey's Early Standup

Before he was cast on In Living Color in 1990, Jim Carrey had been hitting the standup circuit pavement in Canada and the United States for thirteen years. His first time onstage was a not-so-successful appearance at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto at only 15 years old, but thanks to his perseverance and growing repertoire of uncanny celebrity impersonations, Carrey would go on to evolve from Canadian standup to Hollywood funnyman to undisputed comedy/drama crossover superstar. Here's a collection of Carrey's standup work and television appearances from his early years to right before he hit it big with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994.

Andy-Mark Sam-Zucker-berg Unveils Some New Facebook Features

Andy Samberg dons the Mark Zuckerberg North Face to introduce a couple new features at the Facebook F8 conference, like the "I'm Not Really Friends With These People" grouping. It's perfect for people like your best friend from kindergarten who now organizes anti-gay marriage rallies, because you really don't want to be associated with her but you also feel bad about denying all those great times you had in K-garten writing Goosebumps tribute novels at her house even though you were secretly terrified of Goosebumps. Not that that's a real situation I'm in with my Facebook account. Boy, it's hard to be a modern person, huh? Anyway, Samberg is [...]